Fantasia’s Arrival On ‘The Color Purple’ Pumps Up Box Office

The New York Daily News reports Fantasia Barrino has brought in $6 million into the box office of the hit Oprah Winfrey-produced musical ‘The Color Purple’ since February 22nd, when it was announced that the ‘American Idol’ season three winner would join the show on April 10th in the starring role of Celie. “I know the movie,” Barrino said. “I own the movie. But I never thought I’d be Celie. The show brought me to tears. It’s such a blessing.” The full article at has since been removed or relocated.

Jennifer Hudson And Fantasia Barrino Party In Chicago

The New York Post reports Jennifer Hudson went out with fellow ‘American Idol’ season three alum Fantasia Barrino to the Chicago hot spot Boutique, and proceeded to order several bottles of V2 Vodka in the VIP section. The two danced to hip-hop until 2 a.m. and were hit on by the Chicago Bears’ Tommie Harris. But Hudson, who has a boyfriend of eight years, wasn’t interested – so Harris swapped phone numbers with Barrino at the end of the night.

Fantasia Performs On ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’

‘American Idol’ season three champ Fantasia Barrino visited ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ the other day to perform ‘I’m Here’ from the play ‘The Color Purple’. Barrino is taking over the lead role in the Broadway production on April 10th. Watch it at YouTube.

BET’S 2007 Celebration of Gospel

‘American Idol’ season three champ Fantasia Barrino, Lil Mo, and Kelly Price were amongst the stars on hand for BET’S 2007 Celebration of Gospel on January 20th at Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, GettyImages (arrivals / inside), and WireImage.